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The Big 3 in the Job Search

Goal setting, self-discipline, career coaching. These are “the big 3” when it comes to a successful job search. As explained in our last post, setting and accomplishing goals, both big and small, is critical - read this post on goal setting here if you missed it!

Self-discipline is the next critical aspect of a successful job search that we will discuss. Sitting down and spending time researching, applying, and interviewing for jobs is tedious and challenging work. Having the self-discipline to hold yourself accountable when completing these tasks is a make or break for your search. Finally, if you find it hard to motivate, need some extra help, or need a sounding board, career coaching should be your next step. Career coaching can take on many different meanings and can be tailored to your specific search. Career coaches can provide resources such as books or podcasts, direct mentorship, and much more! See below for a few great resources!


  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

  • Get a Job in 30 Days or Less: A Realistic Action Plan for Finding the Right Job Fast by Matthew J. DeLuca

  • Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher

  • The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

  • The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan

  • The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

  • 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Dream Job by Laura M. Labovich and Miriam Saltpeter

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